If you’re significantly overweight but unable to shed pounds through traditional methods like diet and exercise, consider an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG). This quick, outpatient procedure can help you lose weight once and for all. At MIB Surgery, Abel Bello, MD, and the team regularly perform ESG. To schedule an appointment at the office in Plantation, Florida, call to speak with a team member or book online today.
An endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) is a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure that limits the amount of food your stomach can hold. Ultimately, this decreases your appetite, making it possible to shed excess weight.
To ensure long-lasting results and positive treatment outcomes, Dr. Bello tailors ESG to each individual’s needs. When combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, most people lose between 30-60% of their body fat within six months.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty boasts a variety of advantages compared to other bariatric procedures. For one, it’s entirely non-surgical, meaning there are no abdominal sutures or stitches to recover from.
In addition, ESG significantly lowers the risk of weight-related health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and obstructive sleep apnea.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, Dr. Bello reviews your medical history and asks about your treatment goals. Afterward, he runs a series of laboratory tests to determine whether an endoscopic procedure is right for you. If you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly but still can’t seem to lose weight, you’ll likely qualify for treatment. That’s especially true if you aren’t a candidate for other, more invasive types of bariatric surgery.
Prior to endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, Dr. Bello asks you to eat a special diet. You’re also required to attend a few pre-ESG appointments. If you take any prescription medication or have an underlying health problem, let Dr. Bello know. The more information he has, the easier it is for him to develop a safe and effective treatment plan.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is an outpatient procedure performed at the hospital. Prior to treatment, Dr. Bello administers general anesthesia, putting you to sleep. Once you’re comfortable, he carefully inserts an endoscope down your throat. The endoscope is a long, thin tube with a camera on the end.
Once the endoscope is in position, Dr. Bello makes 12 sutures in your stomach with a special attachment tool. The sutures decrease the size of your stomach. After completing this process, Dr. Bello removes the endoscope and transfers you to a recovery room for observation.
Following endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, you’re unable to eat or drink for at least eight hours. After fasting, you transition to a liquid diet for about two weeks.
After about a month, you slowly transition to more solid foods. Dr. Bello monitors the entire recovery process, making adjustments to your diet as necessary.
To see if you’re a candidate for endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, request an appointment at MIB Surgery. Call the office to speak with a team member or book online today.